EREF’s 2021 Fall Classic & Networking Event Swings for a Greener Earth

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Raleigh, NC (September 21, 2021) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) announced it will hold its 2021 Fall Classic & Networking Event November 17 – 18 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa located in Phoenix, AZ. This highly anticipated event brings waste and sustainability professionals together with the support of Republic Services, the event’s overall sponsor, as well as nearly 30 additional sponsors thus far. Proceeds from the tournament will support EREF’s charitable mission to advance scientific research and create educational pathways that enable innovation in sustainable waste management practices.

EREF’s Fall Classic is one of the best networking events of the year, and this year will be no different – attendees can expect a fun and quality event that supports a great cause.

On Wednesday, November 17, the event will begin with a putting contest and networking reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and open bars. The morning of Thursday, November 18, kicks off with a breakfast followed by a shotgun start and 18 holes. The tournament will conclude with an Awards Luncheon once tournament play is complete.

The format for the tournament will be four-person scramble with a shotgun start. Players on the first and second place teams will receive trophies, while the first-place team will also receive a framed team photo. A chance to win prizes will be available at all par threes, including one chance to win $50,000 cash. Additional contests are available throughout the course, including the chance to win $10,000 during the putting contest at the networking reception on Wednesday evening.

Pricing One (1) Golfer: $1,100 I Foursome: $4,400. Club and shoe rentals are not included.

When you participate in the Fall Classic, you’re investing in a greener earth. Hotel reservations for EREF’s Fall Classic must be booked by Wednesday, October 27. For Fall Classic registration and additional information, please click here.

For the specific safety and health measures JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has implemented, click here for its “Commitment to Clean.”

Schedule of Events (located at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa)

Wednesday, November 17

  • Welcome Reception and Putting Contest

Thursday, November 18

  • Breakfast/Registration
  • Shotgun Start
  • Lunch

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!

This year’s Fall Classic & Networking Event sponsors – confirmed as of September 15 – include:

Overall Tournament Sponsor
Republic Services
Major Giveaway Golf Balls & Tee Markers Shirts
Wastequip Caterpillar Volvo Construction Equipment
Golf Carts Welcome Reception Welcome Bags & Cooling Towels
Environmental Solutions Group SSI Schafer, Tetra Tech, WIN Waste Innovations Stellar Industries, Inc.
Hats Goody Bags &
Hole-in-One Insurance
Beverage Carts
Covanta McNeilus Waste360
Agru America/Risk Strategies
Golf Contest Package Putting Contest Golf Towels
IngenAE/Blue Flame Crew Machinex Rush/Peterbilt
Bloody Mary Bar Longest Marshmallow
Drive Contest
Big Truck Rental Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. LaBella
Staff Shirts Holes
Sierra Container Group GFL Environmental, National Waste & Recycling Association, PTR Baler, Rehrig Pacific Company,
SCS Engineers, Waste Advantage Magazine,
Waste Management, Weaver Consulting

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Please send an e-mail to for more information.

EREF is a 501(c)3 class charity that advances scientific research and creates educational pathways that enable innovation in sustainable waste management practices. For more complete information on EREF funded research, its scholarship program and how to donate to this great cause, visit


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